After 3 fights with Manny Pacquiao and not having won a single bout, Juan Manuel Marquez practically chased his rival wherever to beg for a rematch. After finally winning against him big time in their fourth fight, it’s JMM’s time to turn his back.
Juan Manuel Marquez has not fought since 2014 against Mike Alvarado. He only fought twice since his victory over Manny Pacquiao. But his trainer Nacho Beristain insists that the Mexican pug isn’t retired yet.
If it were not for his knee injury, Beristain said JMM would’ve been more active. “I wanted to have another fight in 2014, but I injured my knee while training for my fight with Mike Alvarado,” Juan Manuel Marquez said in a report by Fight Saga.
Marquez’ knee is now healed and he plans to have a warm up match before signing up for a big fight. The question now is, would he be willing to fight Manny Pacquiao one more time?
Juan Manuel Marquez vs Manny Pacquiao a no-go
In as far as his farewell fight is concerned, Juan Manuel Marquez may face Miguel Cotto, but nothing has been agreed upon at the moment. But one thing is for sure, he won’t fight Manny Pacquiao ever again. He won’t do it for twice the money. In fact, it’s not about money anymore.
“I am no longer interested in Pacquiao. They are saying that the networks are willing to pay $60 million dollars for a fight with Pacquiao in the Philippines. I wouldn’t go to the Philippines for a fight with Pacquiao for a $100 million dollars,” Marquez said according to a report by Rappler.
Unlike their previous 3 matches, the fourth fight ended without controversy. Juan Marquez was the clear victor after he knocked out the Pacman in the sixth round. JMM went as far as to describe it as “divine justice.”
On fighting Miguel Cotto
Miguel Cotto’s name has been mentioned regularly as a potential opponent for JMM’s farewell fight. It’d be a great matchup between two of the best Latino boxers in recent years. So far, the main issue that bars them from a mutual agreement is their catchweight stipulation.
Apart from that, Juan Manuel Marquez needs to test himself on how far he can go, considering his age and inactivity. In a report by BoxingScene JMM said:
“We are going to see if I can still stand the physical [work in the gym]. There are no possible opponents. I want to do a [training camp] and then a major fight. We are watching for opponents. This year is crucial for whether I will return or not. It depends on how I feel physically. I have trained, I’ve run, but it is not the same.”
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